This is my 1st year at private school, and I know kids will be kids anywhere, but I figured my 1st year would have significantly less behavioral issues than in a public school setting. Well God definitely has a sense of humor. For my first year I am already dealing with: 1. One kid is going through the public school battery of tests for special ed. services process (it's clear he has a learning disability. He was held back for kindergarten and it goes beyond a speech issue). I'm waiting on the results 2. Got two other kids whose parents and I are working together to get them tested for ADHD. 3. Got another kid that is just a constant problem. He needs strong discipline. So these 4 kids, 3 of which are the child of a school employee (thus, the major discount and 99% the reason why they're there to begin with), are just making my 1st year that much more difficult. Every lesson I teach, one of them will talk out without raising their hand despite many warnings and many talks. I think I need to put the hammer down more on these kids. They think they can talk just by raising their hands (without being called on). It's just so frustrating... because it's clear my 15 other kids want to learn, but I'm constantly redirecting these students and they also create a domino effect. I know no class roster is perfect, but yeah.. just venting here. I really do want to "break the trend" and help these kids succeed, though. I've already had their K teachers tell me "Good luck with that one..." and the 2nd-3rd grade teachers are already telling me (half jokingly I'm sure...) "____? Yeah, I don't want him/her anywhere near my planet." I feel bad, and want to be the change agent for these kids. It's good that they're getting tested so we can better figure out what potential issues there are. Please pray for me and these kids! I'm hoping somewhere in the 2nd or 3rd trimester that it just "clicks" for them. Any sign of growth would be a huge plus, even if it is just behaviorally.